Christmas decorating is our favorite part of the holiday, if we’re being perfectly honest. Although you don’t have to go all out, there’s just something magical about a house that is adorned with decorations and lights. Think about it: You spend all year working on your lawn, keeping your house in shape, all that time spent shoveling or blowing snow, and then for a few magical weeks a year, it gets to be a winter wonderland instead of a list of outdoor chores. So we say decorate everything, go all out, use every idea you like, and check out our favorite Christmas decorating ideas for your yard, porch, doors and roof!
Outdoor Christmas Decoration Ideas
Get It Here
Hold on, there, Santa! He’s accidentally slipped off the roof, but he’ll be ok. It is Santa, after all. This would make a cute element to a fun outdoor Christmas scene complete with tiny reindeer on the roof or fun lit-up elements such as elves and polar bears. This would be an especially fun idea for a house that has kids or a neighborhood.
Get It Here
These nutcrackers are standing tall and proud outside your house ready to welcome guests inside your home for some holiday cheer! The colors on these statues are so vibrant, they almost look real! Visions of sugar plums will most certainly be dancing through your head as you settle in for a long winter’s nap with these two guarding the premises.
Vivid Christmas Lights
These brilliantly vivid Christmas lights are sure to brighten up the night! Whether it’s luminescent reindeer, a colorful snowman or a combination of all kinds of holiday elements, these LED lights are the perfect thing to keep your house inviting even in the dead of winter. The more lights, the better and you really can never have too many sparkling lights around the house! You just want to make sure Santa can find his way in the dark, after all.
Sparkling Exotic Birds
Having interesting light-up creatures around or outside the house is our favorite trend this year! Birds of all kinds are big right now, but we’re really loving this peacock. Or if you like a more common bird, there are also ducks and even chickens!
This snowy landscape is absolutely perfect for these wooden cut outs. Whether you have a large are to fill, or a smaller front area, utilizing wooden cut outs is a great way to fill the space with virtually anything you’d like to decorate with. You could even paint your own wooden cut outs in order to bring some life and color into the scene.
This is such a cute idea and it looks really great! Use oversized Christmas ornaments and hang them from trees for a whimsical, colorful look that will have people virtually stopping in your street just to look at them. Pair these magical baubles with some pretty great Christmas lights, and you’ve got a Christmas scene straight out of the storybooks!
Using outdoor wooden décor is not only a rustic, fun look for the home, but it’s also incredibly easy to pull off. Whether you have some old plywood laying around or even some thin branches discarded from trees, you can easily piece together interesting focal pieces for your yard that will save you a ton of money and look pretty great overall. You can get as creative as you like with this nifty idea!
This simple yet elegant outdoor home look is a great way to add some lights for the season without overpowering anything. The simple lined arches of the roof look absolutely stunning in this frozen landscape. Everything from the shadow of the house to the downy white snow makes this scene look perfect enough for a holiday card! You could add colored lights for a more interesting effect if desired.
Dripping with Lights
This cozy backyard scene features plenty of great lighting! The tree in the photo practically looks like it’s dripping with illume scent lights shining down on that cozy sitting area below. Lights naturally make everything look elegant, no matter what the holiday is, but around Christmas time, lighting in an outdoor setting helps make the scene look extra magical. It’s an interesting way to pull off outdoor lighting.
Lighted inflatables are a great idea for a home that has kids, or even a neighborhood that has a lot of kids in the area. They’re cute, make a big show, and are super simple to set up. These decorations are a cinch—just plug them in and they do all the work for you!
These little gifts made of wire, tinsel and lights may seem simple enough, but once they’re plugged in, they look absolutely fantastic! Using them to add a pop of décor to something like this bench setup is a cute way to help bring in guests with an extra added touch of holiday flair. You could also easily incorporate these gifts indoors on a table or even a side table for extra lighting.
Christmas decor doesn’t always mean over-the-top decor. Set up a pretty display in a corner of your porch or at the edge of your lawn for a small but impactful decoration arrangement that doesn’t overwhelm.
Pretty DIY Decor
Try your hand at crafty Christmas decor with simple touches, like these hurricanes filled with shatterproof ornaments. Or make a wreath for your door with those same ornaments, which is a pretty effect that takes just a few minutes to pull together.
Greenery and Lights
This entrance way looks absolutely stunning with all this greenery and lighting! Adding spruce to an entranceway like a garland is a great way to add greenery into a scene and is actually a pretty common garland option. You typically see holiday garland with spruce leaves or holly berries, but adding anything from twigs to poinsettias is a great way to add color to all that greenery.
This mailbox is all ready for the holiday season with all that greenery and bright berries. Even the mailman will think he’s stumbled upon a holiday gift delivering mail to your house! Decorating the mailbox is simple yet elegant way to add some color outside your house without overdoing it.
Even the plants can get festive! This holiday planter features plants that are perfect for the holiday season. Anything frosty colored like pale green or blue will naturally look magical in a wintery scene. Adding holly, garland or lights into holiday planters will not only help make the plants look magical, but will add interesting elements into your yard or front porch area.
Add a winter plant arrangement outside your house that incorporates all the best elements of Christmas. Deep greens of ferns and spruce, the magnificent red of holly berries or poinsettias, and adding some colorful baubles is always a good idea to help create a gorgeous planter just in time for the holidays. You can add so many other decorative aspects to these ideas and you can change them up for any kind of color scheme you’re using.
This planter has easily been made into a holiday planter thanks to these great little accents! The tiny silvery wreath on the front of the planter and the tiny icicle looking elements toward the back of the planter makes this setup truly beautiful. Adding the silvery and white bow really helps incorporate all these elements together to create a gorgeous planter.
Pine Cone Planter
These pine cones and extra-large Christmas baubles makes this setting a truly holiday inspired one. This just goes to show how adding elements that are holiday inspired can change the whole décor of the area. These extra-large pinecones are a great way to add some holiday décor to a front yard or backyard area without incorporating too many elements at once.
These bucket planters hold within them baby Christmas trees! Ok, they may not actually be pine trees (or maybe they are) but whatever tree this is sure does look like a pine tree. These are cut in the classic Christmas tree shape and can be easily decorated for added holiday cheer. The buckets look great on their own, but adding a bow to these trees is a cute touch.
Windowsill with Baubles
This windowsill is holiday ready thanks to these large, gorgeous baubles! Adding some greenery underneath and adding these giant, oversized baubles on top is a simple yet elegant way to add some decorative elements to the outdoor of the house. Even if you wanted to add some décor to a backyard area, you can’t go wrong with this fresh, fun concept.
Outdoor Christmas Wreath
This outdoor Christmas wreath is a great, modern twist to an old time favorite. You can virtually construct wreaths out of all sorts of materials these days, and in these modern times, the funkier the better. This wreath appears to be made of fur or some kind of plant, but it looks absolutely stunning against this background. You can either buy wreaths already made or make your own.
Modern Christmas Planters
Give traditional holiday planters a modern twist by adding lights and plenty of holiday elements such as these sparkling, silver baubles. These longer, bit more tapered planters would look great on an outdoor patio area or even a front yard courtyard. They add so much holiday flair without all the business of more traditional holiday decorations. These are simply gorgeous!
Blue and Red
This holiday house exterior features plenty of blue and red elements that create an interesting change to the more traditional holiday color scheme. Although using blue or red is not uncommon in decorating, using blue and red together is not commonly seen. Adding interesting color combos is a great way to spruce up the exterior with a unique holiday twist.
This holiday garland looks great against these large bannisters. Adding greenery into any scene will definitely give off that Christmas feel without overpowering with tinsel and/or lights. Of course, green garland looks especially great with lights interwoven into it, but it’s not necessary if you are going for that more natural look. Incorporating other green elements will help move the eyes around the scene.
Rustic Holiday Decor
This rustic holiday décor features plenty of green garland and natural wreaths. All the wooden and green elements makes this house front look absolutely gorgeous and simple. The house is definitely holiday ready without having to add so many typical holiday elements such as tinsel, cartoon Christmas characters or planters. It’s gorgeous in its simplicity and is a look that is easily achievable.
Contemporary Christmas Planter
This contemporary Christmas planter just goes to show how much beauty a planter can add to your holiday décor. The stone planter is gorgeous against the background and using natural elements in the actual planter can go a long way in itself. Like this stone, you can use other natural elements such as wood or hemp to create a more rustic planter that will look gorgeous sitting in a corner.
This decorative outdoor street lamp is all dazzled up for the holidays. Adding the spruce with the holly berries is such a wonderful touch to this lantern. Adding holiday elements like these to lanterns is a great way to add that holiday feel to the outside of a house. It looks gorgeous and it’s really simple to pull off. Adding the fun, striped bow is an extra great added touch.
These tiny little reindeer are ready to take off to help Santa in his holiday adventures! These little guys are an adorable addition to an already gorgeous house that is full of that classic garland. No matter the size of the yard, these little reindeer add an extra element of personality and will definitely be enjoyed by all throughout the holiday season.
Snowshoe Wall Design
Almost acting as a Christmas wreath, this snowshoe wall design would make the perfect addition to that family who likes to stay active even during winter. Even if just giving a decoration like this as a gift, the snowshoes offer a unique concept that anyone will truly enjoy – even more so if it were handmade and with plenty of love! Hang this in or outdoors for guests to admire.
Deer in the Archway
These gorgeous wicker light-up deer are the perfect elements to add into your holiday decorating. They are elegant on their own, but when paired with a truly gorgeous holiday scene like the one pictured, they stand out even more. Even if you want to use the deer as an afterthought, there is always room for these little guys because they’re so adorable.
Votive candles can really add to your holiday table, especially if you adorn them with varying holiday elements such as holly, spruce or garland. Anything incorporating votive candles and a classy glass holder with look naturally and effortlessly elegant, but it’s these tiny little details that will really throw the whole table together. You can use any kind of candle color in order to match your existing holiday décor.
It wouldn’t be Christmas without all the candy everywhere! You can easily use candy as decoration elements into the scene because candy is really quite beautiful and will definitely catch the attention of your friends and family. Candy canes places in an elegant glass jar or even a cake dish filled with delectable pastries can work as standalones on your kitchen bar area.
This posh patio looks like the kind of house front you’d see on the east coast. With all these dark wooden elements and wrought iron, it’s easy to see how this setup can exude that posh holiday flair. Guests and family will be so impressed strolling up to this house with this kind of setup. Use darker colors to invoke that classy holiday look without all the baubles or characters.
This hanging fixture containing snowflakes and stars is an adorable way to add some interesting holiday elements into your décor setup. You could easily make a mobile like this using cut out shapes from cardboard and twine – just wrap each shape tightly enough to where none of the cardboard can be seen. You can spray paint the cut outs in different metallic colors or even add a sparkly shimmer to catch the light of your holiday lights.
This rustic deer made out of decorative twigs is the cutest way to add some flair into your porch décor setup. Not only is this a truly unique concept, but you can easily make this yourself if you wanted to. If you aren’t the best when it comes to creating cute creatures out of sticks, you could always search online or even visit a department store that specializes in wooden creatures. They are, surprisingly, out there, you just need to search for them.
In place of a traditional Christmas wreath, adorn your door with a brilliant star. This star shines bright against this ruby red door and offers a unique element into your holiday scene. You could easily paint the star to make it more sparkly or to fit in with any holiday décor you may have set up already. The garland hanging above the star offers just enough elegance without taking away from the star at all.
These adorable little ornament orbs offer a great way to light up your porch area in place of traditional lamps. You could easily paint these ornaments in order to mesh into any design scheme you may have, or even to personalize them to read your family’s name or a personal holiday message to guests. These would look adorable around a mailbox or even leading up the pathway to your front door, as well.
Merry Christmas Sign
Create a custom message to all your guests by making your own holiday sign. You can use wooden placards or even cardboard if you keep the sign out of the elements to prevent getting soggy or falling apart. You can customize the message to read anything you’d like and you could even use this idea as a personalized Christmas gift to give away to friends and family.
These tiny trees are also holding wooden placards to spell out the word J-O-Y. It’s a really cute idea, especially if the pots are set upon cascading steps like in this photo. You can add any kind of holiday message you want, or even incorporate you family’s last name to give it that extra personal touch. Add some lights into the trees if possible to add a glow the whole neighborhood can see.
This is a great way to use some old, repurposed tires! Turn them into adorable Christmas ornaments perfect for your porch area. Simple cover the holes in the middle of the tires, spray paint, add a topper and add some embellishing, and you’ve got a super cheap holiday décor item that will make your guests ask you where you got it! You could even make these as gifts to give away to friends and families.
These adorable tiny trees are nestled warmly on your front porch ready to greet all the guests that visit your home. Simple but adorable, these tiny trees make the perfect holiday addition without overcrowding the porch area. Adding embellishments like pots and bows to the trees will only add to the charm of the already adorable idea. It’s an easy way to add some holiday cheer into the mix.
Creating a customized holiday corner is a cute way to add some personal touches into the standard holiday décor concept. In this idea, the family is obviously a skiing family since they are adding their own elements of skiing into the actual décor. You could do this with any kind of family hobby your own family enjoys and make it a completely unique design concept.
This hanging poinsettia garland is sure to add vibrant color to any holiday scene. These flowers are classic and look good no matter the décor. Since you can find poinsettias in all kinds of different colors, it may be a good idea to hunt for a few plastic flowers on your own to create a color scheme that will work with your decorated patio. The red and white are the classic colors, but since these are plastic flowers, you can find just about any color imaginable.
This unique spin on a classic holiday wreath incorporates balls of yarn in place of spruce or holly. This is a totally different concept to the rational holiday wreath and it’s sure to draw plenty of attention from anyone who passes by your house during the holidays! This would be a perfect gift for that special crafter in your life and better yet, you can easily make this yourself to make it more special!
Front Porch Christmas Decorating Ideas
Gorgeous Holiday Wreath
Even on the smallest porch areas, if you have an amazing holiday wreath, no decorating will be lacking at all. In this case, this wreath is so amazing that it would be impossible to miss it! This wreath is on the larger size to incorporate all of these great holiday elements, textures, patterns and colors. It’d be best to make a wreath like this yourself, so you can match all the colors and designs of your decoration idea into it.
All this greenery is even more delightful to look at due to all the great shapes and textures within this porch setup! The spiraling trees are what will naturally draw the attention first, followed by that great hanging garland with twinkling lights up above. This is a great way to keep the porch looking fresh and vibrant without having to add too many colors into the mix that could act as a distraction.
This porch looks like something straight out of a country Christmas magazine. With the natural wood element being the most prominent visual aid in the background, all these holiday embellishments just take center stage on this great canvas. This would look great for a holiday party inside a refurbished barn or even just against a back wall to a room or home area that needs some holiday cheer.
These cast iron deer statues are the perfect addition to this holiday porch idea. The matching wreaths around the deer’s necks matches the garland hanging above the front doorway in the back of the scene. Incorporating matching elements is a great way to add natural movement around the scene and a tactful way to tie all the decorations together. The heavy use of pinecones within this scene is a great added effect.
This front porch design concept is dripping with holiday cheer in the most traditional way possible. There are so many holiday elements within this scene, it’d be hard to deny that this family really, really likes Christmas. This porch idea is so gorgeous, and it would most certainly take some time to execute correctly. Give yourself a little extra time and a game plan, and you could easily create a design just as gorgeous as this one.
Turn the front of your home or office into a giant present with this cool concept idea. Using very large ribbon, you can easily make the front of your office or home a giant present by incorporating a bow. Simply draw across the building or area with ribbon lines and add on a giant bow. It may seem a bit daunting to create a bow this big, but it’s really a simple process that will definitely pay off!
This porch is definitely ready for the holidays, in case you didn’t notice. With so many fun holiday attributes and colors, even the Grinch in the family would have to fall in love with this adorable setup. This looks like something a child would dream up in the perfect Christmas time dream. If you’re not the kind of person to keep it simple, this design concept is for you. It’s colorful, bright, vibrant and super fun!
This porch incorporates all the glitz of a frozen Christmas wonderland with a bit of class and simplicity. Since these décor items are so gorgeous on their own, it’d be unnecessary to throw a whole bunch of other holiday elements into the mix. The classic white and blue colors look great alongside the green color of the plants and garland. A little bit goes a long way in this porch idea.
This unique garland idea call for a whole lot of ribbon. This puffed ribbon makes the perfect lining for this door frame, and adding those giant Christmas ornament baubles is the perfect added touch to this unique garland idea. The fanned out wreath in the center of the door really ties in all the varying colors, textures and patterns of the scene together.
This doorway is the perfect holiday setup since it incorporates so many great holiday decorating staples. The spruce and poinsettias just scream Christmas, and this is a great front porch decorating idea, especially for someone who doesn’t have a lot of time to figure out some design concepts. This simple yet elegant design is classic and your guests will think so too.
These light-up snowmen are sure to add some holiday cheer to your front yard area! These jolly fellows greet guests for some holiday fun. The best thing about these adorable snowmen is that they are so simple to use. You just plug them in and they shine all on their own.
Outdoor Classic Christmas Scene
This Christmas porch looks like a scene from a Christmas storybook. All the best elements of Christmas are there – the nutcrackers, the presents, the wreath and all the great embellishments. From the sparkling silver ornaments to the vivid, sparkling decorative gifts, it’s hard to pinpoint just what’s the best feature in this setup. They all obviously have to coincide in order for the porch concept to work this beautifully.
Green and Lush
This front porch idea goes to show that you don’t need to add so many decorative elements in order to pull off a classic Christmas scene. Simply using plenty of greenery is a good way to incorporate the holidays without having to buy too much stuff you’ll end up storing for 11 months out of the year anyways! Utilizing living, breathing plants is a great way to add some life to scene all year long.
This non-traditional wreath and garland setup is a funkier way to incorporate some of the best elements of the holidays into your porch area. The garland is woven with different kinds of holiday ribbon to make it an interesting element in this design. The ribbon incorporates back to the modern wreath, which is compiled of matching hanging ribbons in place of the classic, circular wreath. You can’t go wrong with so much great color!
Simple Porch Decoration Ideas
This simple porch invokes all the classic feels of the holiday without adding anything off-the-wall into the scene. You can keep a porch area feeling like a classic country farm house by refraining from adding too many over the top holiday elements such as giant ornaments, lit-up Christmas tree pots and/or blow up holiday characters. This is a clean, fresh way to celebrate the holidays without so much distraction.
This porch concept introduces simple attributes without straying from the holiday feel. The simple wreath and sled are fun concepts to add into the design, yet remain classic due to the subdued feel to the scene. Sometimes porch areas can come off as too busy with too many holiday elements, so this is the perfect idea for someone who is more of a minimalist or someone who appreciates simplicity.
Plenty of Fir
These fir (or spruce) trees look great in this porch design concept. With so much of that great natural green color into the scene, the feeling of Christmas is alive and well. The garland, pinecones, ornaments and lights that are embellishing the natural look of the fir are some of the perfect elements you can add to kick it up a notch and add that extra Christmas feel.
There is so much red incorporated to this front porch scene, but it just works. Red is one of the classic Christmas colors, after all, and this front porch idea invokes all that is Christmas. Since the door is already red, the complementing holly stuck into the planters to the left and right of the door makes the scene easy to move your eyes across. The bright green wreath really pops because of all that great red color.
Unique Holiday Planters
Everything about these holiday planters are unique and eye-catching. The planters themselves are this great, fat design that can hold so many plants. The deep green and the yellow embellishments are an interesting concept for a holiday planter, but they just work. The yellow wreath on the door helps pull the scene altogether, making this an easily executed holiday doorstep that your friends and family will absolutely love.
Outdoor Christmas Tree Decoration Ideas
Rustic Christmas Exterior
This rustic Christmas exterior is the perfect setup for a house that’s invoking all things nature. Whether you’re planning on having a household full of people this holiday season, or you just want to make the holidays magical for your immediate family, adding all these warm lights and utilizing the natural beauty of the trees is a great way to make your home warm and cozy.
Classic Christmas Ideas
This home looks like it’s worthy to be on a Christmas card. This classic, gorgeous look comes complete with a tiny wreath in every window and plenty of lights to add that magical feel just in time for the holidays. No matter your house size, using an outline like this one is a great way to make sure your home is inviting without creating chaos with all these lights.
Adding glowing reindeer into your outdoor scene is a classic décor element that invokes all the wonder of nature into your holiday setting. The deer silently and gracefully graze upon your lawn and the lights within them burn on, making even the coldest winter night seem serene and calm. You can find these light up reindeer pretty much anywhere that sells Christmas and holiday decorations.
Traditional Christmas Layout
This house is all decked out in the traditional holiday layout with all that green garland and red ribbon accenting. This may seem like a lot of work to pull off, but really, all you need is a little patience (and maybe some help) in order to hang all this stuff up! Not using as many lights for this home front, this setting focuses on the colors of the season without too much distraction.
The entrance to your home is going to be one of the first areas guests step into, so it only makes sense that you’d want to have it all decked out for the holidays. In this decorative concept, spruce is used to incorporate the holiday feeling through that natural greenery with red embellishments. The tiny trees in the front and the wreath on the door are nice touches to keep the décor uniformed while providing a gorgeous setting.
This house is gorgeous on its own since it’s a classic Victorian, but adding all the cute little holiday elements really makes this house a sight to behold. The oversized Christmas ornaments add the perfect touches to this already spectacular home. You could easily add all kinds of funky accessories like these to make sure your home is stylish just in time for the holidays.
Garland and Lights
This classic holiday setting includes much of that spruce look with plenty of lights interwoven through the garland and wreaths. You can never have too many lights for a holiday setting like this one. They just sparkle beautifully through the spruce and makes the accenting elements sparkle. The fantastic little Christmas trees at the entrance way makes this a magical doorway into you warm home.
Simple and Elegant
This holiday doorway features a simple yet elegant scene. The long, tapered Christmas tree sits in its box at the foot of the stairs with accents that match the double wreaths at the door. Although this setup is a more simple setup than most of the previous design concepts we’ve seen, that doesn’t meant it can’t look just as beautiful!
These spruce planters are simple, yet elegant enough to stand all on their own. The long green fronds of the spruce look magnificent as they fan out from their big planters. Adding the red elements into the planter helps add some color depth into the plants without overpowering anything. A mix of poinsettias and holly berries are scattered throughout the deep green spruce to add some holiday fun.
Holiday Planer with Pine Cones
This holiday planter has some of the best elements of the season incorporated throughout it. The deep green of the spruce, the red of the holly and bows, and the natural wooden colors of the pine cones and accenting twigs makes this the perfect planter to use for the holidays. This would look great either indoors or outdoors and you can mix this up as much as possible to accommodate varying themes.
Who says you have to stick to rational themes for the holidays? These oversized, pastel lanterns can add a different concept to your holiday traditions and incorporate interesting decorating elements into the mix. They are gorgeous as standalones, but you could always pair up light fixtures like these lamps with other holiday staples such as mini Christmas trees or more lights.
So, which holiday scene do you like the best? There are so many great ideas to choose from, it could be rough to just try to incorporate one concept into your design. No worries when it comes to struggling with decorating decisions since you can easily take some of your favorite design concepts and create your every own decorative scene. No matter the space, all these great ideas demonstrate how to utilize some of the best design ideas for everyone. So, which ideas are you going to try? Do you have any decorating feedback you’d like to share with us? We’d love to hear from you! Leave your feedback and insight in the comments so that everyone can get some helpful design tips!